Councilwoman Helen Anthony will hold community discussion about Forum Boulevard

Sunday, January 8, 2012 | 3:54 p.m. CST; updated 5:06 p.m. CST, Sunday, January 8, 2012

COLUMBIA — Fifth Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony plans to hold a community discussion at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Country Club of Missouri about traffic issues on Forum Boulevard.

The meeting will address issues along Forum between Katy Lane and Shoreside Drive, with emphasis on the entrance to Wilson’s Fitness and the intersection at the country club.

Anthony originally requested a traffic analysis from the city to bring up the issue for discussion. When the report was presented in July to the Columbia City Council with proposed plans to alter the intersections along Forum Boulevard, Anthony said people in the neighborhood got upset.

"I want to bring people together and see if we can come up with viable options," Anthony said at the Dec. 19 council meeting.

The traffic report recommended to make Wilson’s Fitness' driveway, Woodrail Avenue, Crestwood Lane, Shoreside Drive and the country club driveway right-in right-out, which would restrict left turns to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce accidents.  

At the July 5 meeting Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl asked if there was enough room at the intersection of Forum, Woodrail and Crestwood to put in a roundabout and if that would resolve the issue. John Glascock, director of Public Works, confirmed that there was room and it would resolve the issue, but that the proposed plan functions like a roundabout and is cheaper since it uses road paint to direct the traffic on the existing road.

After the public reaction to the proposed changes, Anthony decided to schedule the community discussion for the neighborhood to voice their concern.

Anthony said they will have to see at the meeting what the neighborhood is willing to put up with and how much change they are willing to tolerate.

"Whatever is eventually decided upon will have a price tag, and it's nothing that is going to be done tomorrow," Anthony said.

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